The HÖRL face shield provides outstanding protection against infections spread by droplets and aerosols, and is designed for medical and nursing staff in hospitals, nursing homes and care homes, emergency services, and outpatient services, but also for those working in industry, trade, retail, and service occupations.
The HSS2020 features a cleverly designed carrying frame that can be secured to and removed from the head quickly and easily, ensuring that the user has to touch it as little as possible and thus significantly reducing the risk of infection. The carrying frame is designed to leave enough room for glasses behind the pane so that glasses-wearers can also benefit from maximum protection.
When fluid containing a virus is expelled while a person is breathing out, speaking, sneezing, or coughing, and this fluid comes into contact with others, it can trigger an infectious disease if it gets into the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract or the conjunctiva of the eyes.
Since 1991, HÖRL Kunststofftechnik GmbH & Co. KG has been specializing in the production of high-precision plastic injection-molded parts in conjunction with its in-house tool-making department. HÖRL is a member of the Rosenberger Group and is located in Laufen, Germany.
Rosenberger Hochfrequenztechnik GmbH & Co. KG is a medium-sized, family owned industrial enterprise that was founded in 1958 and now ranks among the world’s leading manufacturers of standardized and customized connection solutions for high-frequency, high-voltage, and fiber-optic technology.
HÖRL first learned about the Maker vs Virus campaign and the urgent need for face protection in hospitals through campaign member Tobias Hermann. He had attempted to produce the carrying frames required for face shields using a 3D printer, and although his results had been successful, he had also found that each frame took almost an hour and a half to print. HÖRL’s management board and entire team were keen to help him out and wasted no time in getting involved in the project.
In a record time of just 24 hours, the team had managed to design and build a suitable injection mold – a process that normally takes up to four weeks. The injection-molding process has made it possible to cut down the time required to produce a frame to just 13 seconds. Once a supplier for the panes accompanying the frames had been found, the first batch was delivered to nearby hospitals a short time later. The panes feature rounded edges that eliminate the risk of injury to doctors and nursing staff.